Thursday, July 30, 2020

Melanie Laurent and Alexandre Aja Team Up for Netflix Survival Thriller O2

Melanie Laurent, Alexandre Aja, Vincent Maraval Team for Netflix Survival Thriller O2
"Melanie Laurent" ("6 Underground") is set to lead the cast of the upcoming Netflix survival thriller "O2". This will be director Alexandre Aja's ("Crawl", "The Hills Have Eyes") first French-language film after a 15-year career in the U.S. The screenplay, which was on the Black List, is penned by Christie LeBlanc.

The film tells the story of a young woman who wakes up in a medical cryo unit. She doesn’t remember who she is or how she ended up sequestered in a box no larger than a coffin. As she’s running out of oxygen, she must rebuild her memory to find a way out of her nightmare. Mathieu Amalric ("The French Dispatch") and Malik Zidi ("Play") will also star.

The project originally had Noomi Rapace attached to star (Anne Hathaway was previously in the mix for the lead role) for director Franck Khalfoun and with Aja producing.

Production is currently in progress. Aja will produce alongside his longtime collaborator Gregory Levasseur. The film is executive produced by Adam Riback and James Engle for Echo Lake Entertainment. "O2" will be released on Netflix mid 2021.

This is the first notable project from Getaway Films, the production company set up last year by Wild Bunch co-founders Vincent Maraval and Brahim Chioua, together with Noƫmie Devide, to produce mainly French genre titles for Wild Bunch to sell.

Here's what Aja had to say about the project:
"After a period spent in lockdown, a project which in its core explores confinement and claustrophobia was a no-brainer, almost a necessity. I am very enthusiastic to collaborate with Wild Bunch and Melanie Laurent and to begin a beautiful creative adventure with Netflix".


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